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Missouri turns up the heat

Cornell forward Ryan Wittman tries to get rid of the ball as Missouri guard Marcus Denmon, right, defends during the second half of Missouri's win.

J.T. Tiller chases a loose ball

Missouri guard J.T. Tiller leaps out of bounds chasing a loose ball against Cornell.

DeMarre Carroll fired up

MU's DeMarre Carroll celebrates a change of possession during the second half.

Leo Lyons looks to score

Leo Lyons makes a break for the basket. Lyons finished the day with a game high 23 points.

DeMarre Carroll drives the ball

Forward DeMarre Carroll drives to the basket against Cornell's Brian Kreefer. Carroll had 13 points on the day in Missouri's 78-59 victory.

Fans cheer on the Tigers

Nine-year-old Jack Kropf, along with his mother, Terri, and his father, Dave, cheer on the Tigers during the Cornell game on Friday. The family, from St. Joseph, flew in Thursday night, and Dave Kropf said they will follow the Tigers until they lose.

J.T. Tiller battles for a loose ball

J.T. Tiller battles Cornell's Adam Wire for possession of the ball.

J.T. TIller glides to the hole

Missouri guard J.T. Tiller attempts a lay-up. Tiller finished the game with 11 points and six assists.

Marquette's Wesley Matthews

Marquette guard Wesley Matthews, right, goes up against the reach of Utah State forward Gary Wilkinson, left, during the first half of their game in Boise, Idaho.

Cornell's Ryan Wittman

Cornell forward Ryan Wittman smiles during practice Thursday in Boise, Idaho, as his team goes over details before playing Missouri in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday.

Cornell coach Steve Donahue

Cornell head coach Steve Donahue watches practice on Thursday as the Big Red prepared to face Missouri on Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Boise, Idaho.

Cornell gathers after practice

Cornell team huddles after practice for their game in the first round of the men's NCAA college basketball tournament game in Boise, Idaho.

Cornell players watch Utah State practice

Cornell forward Andre Wilkins, left, and guard Conor Mullen, right, watch a Utah State practice in Boise, Idaho, on Thursday.

Missouri coach Mike Anderson

Missouri head coach Mike Anderson passes the ball during practice Thursday as the Tigers prepare to face Cornell on Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Boise, Idaho.

Leo Lyons dunks the ball

Missouri forward Leo Lyons dunks the ball during practice Thursday in preparation for the team's game against Cornell.

Missouri's DeMarre Carroll

Missouri forward DeMarre Carroll drives down court during practice Thursday in Boise, Idaho. Carroll is the Tigers' leading scorer, averaging over 16 points a game.

Missouri huddles up during practice

Missouri players huddle after practice Thursday for their first-round game in the men's NCAA college basketball tournament in Boise, Idaho. Missouri plays Cornell on Friday.

MU pitcher Stacy Delaney

MU pitcher Stacy Delaney is second on the team with a 0.94 ERA. The Tigers lead the Big 12 with a team ERA of 0.96.

Pro Day at Devine Pavilion

Former Missouri tight end Chase Coffman, center, talks with former MU quarterback Chase Patton, right, and Patton's personal coach, Skip Stitzell. Since breaking a bone in his foot during the Tigers' Alamo Bowl win, Coffman has missed three chances to work out for NFL scouts.

Well worth it

The ride from Leah Yordt's Montgomery City home to Columbia Family Dental Center is more than an hour, and Leah has waited a year for her 2-year-old son, Jayson Yordt, left, to nab an appointment with Brian Fischer. But the wait has been well worth it in her eyes. "Dr. Fischer is the most awesome doctor ever. I love him," says Leah, mother of three children, in the center's waiting room. "He knows exactly what my kids are like, and he remembers; he knows their personalities and just what they need."
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